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FRANK ORSATTI, STAR STUNTMAN SHERMAN OAKS RESIDENT WORKED IN FILMS AND TELEVISION.

Byline: Phillip W. Browne Staff Writer

Frank Orsatti had a stellar career as an actor and stuntman, but it was his role as a mentor that he found the most rewarding.

Orsatti died on Dec. 23 of respiratory failure at his home in Sherman Oaks. He was 62.

``Frank was incredible. He was an incredible husband, an incredible stuntman and he loved life,'' said his wife, Julie Orsatti.

``He loved helping people. He always helped the underdog and created a lot of careers that way. Everything he did, he did 150 percent.''

Born on Feb. 26, 1942, he was the son of St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Ernest Orsatti and opera singer Inez Gorman.

Frank Orsatti also was drafted by the Cardinals, but an injury during training prevented him from playing. He then joined the Merchant Marine and worked on freighters for 10 years.

Returning to Los Angeles, Orsatti began doing stunt work in 1968 on the film ``Planet of the Apes.'' He appeared in dozens of feature films including ``Rosemary's Baby''; ``The Poseidon Adventure''; ``The Longest Yard''; ``The Star Chamber''; ``Star Trek V''; the second and third ``Lethal Weapon'' films; ``Point Break''; ``Maverick''; ``The Presidio''; and ``Con Air.''

Orsatti jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge for the film ``B.S. I Love You.'' He worked as Arnold Schwarzenegger's stunt double in ``The Terminator'' and also doubled for Burt Reynolds for nine years.

He also worked as a stuntman in TV's ``The Streets of San Francisco,'' ``The Mod Squad,'' ``Barnaby Jones,'' ``Planet of the Apes,'' and ``Starsky & Hutch.''

Doing stunts on ``The Magician'' in 1973, Frank became friends with Bill Bixby and went to work as the stunt coordinator and the actor's stunt double in ``The Incredible Hulk.'' He also directed several episodes of the show.

In addition to his wife, Julie Ann Steinberg Orsatti, he is survived by daughters, Kimberly Ann and Gina Marie; brothers Ernie and Rex; and a granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26 at The Castaway Restaurant, 1250 Harvard Road, Burbank.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Frank Orsatti Memorial Fund, 14101 Dickens Ave., No. 6, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.

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